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Jay Heale

Jay Heale grew up in Somerset, England, and was educated at Bradfield College and Brasenose College, Oxford, where he obtained a Master of Arts degree. He was a primary school teacher in England and South Africa.

During his life, Jay has been an author, editor, publisher, bookseller, school librarian, actor, barman, journalist, reviewer, furniture salesman, traveller, wine writer, broadcaster, film director and storyteller in the circus ring. He was a founder member of the South African Children’s Book Forum (SACBF) which is now IBBY SA. Jay has attended many IBBY Congresses, being a speaker at several. For eight years he served on the Jury of IBBY’s Hans Christian Andersen Award, first as a jury member and then as president of that jury. He was the organiser of the 2004 IBBY Congress in Cape Town. Jay is the author of many books for children and about children’s literature.

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